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Blues, Stars to play Game 7 with trip to Western Final on line

St. Louis 4-2 at home in deciding game; Dallas' Bishop has two shutouts in situation

by Sean McCullen / Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars will play Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round at St. Louis on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

The Blues forced Game 7 with a 4-1 win Sunday that tied the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

"Just turn the page again," said forward David Perron, whose second-period goal gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead. "As down as a lot of people were after last game (a 2-1 loss), we can't get too high now. That's what it's all about. Another exciting challenge next game. We're excited and we can't wait to get rested up and get ready to go to the morning skate and get ready to go for that next game."


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The teams have played each other in Game 7 four times but only once since the Stars relocated from Minnesota for the 1993-94 season. St. Louis defeated Dallas 6-1 in the 2016 second round in the most recent Game 7 for each team.

"It's exciting," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "What a great opportunity in front of us, and for both teams, to go out there and battle it out for one game and winner take all."

Video: DAL@STL, Gm1: Benn cleans up rebound on power play

St. Louis is 1-2 at home in the series and 2-4 in the postseason. Dallas is 4-2 on the road.

The Blues are 8-8 in Game 7 in their history, including 4-2 at home, but have played in two since 2003. Before defeating the Stars in 2016, they won 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 in the first round.

Defenseman Colton Parayko scored a goal in the win against Chicago, and forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Robby Fabbri each had one in the victory against Dallas. Besides defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who has not played in the 2019 postseason, they are the only Blues who have scored in a Game 7; Del Zotto has two goals in three games.

It will be St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington's first Game 7 in the NHL.

Video: STL@DAL, Gm6: Binnington makes tough pair of saves

The Stars are 2-3 in Game 7 since relocating to Dallas, including 0-1 on the road.

Tyler Seguin, Mats Zuccarello and Andrew Cogliano are the only Dallas players with more than one point in Game 7. Each has a goal and an assist, Seguin in four games with the Boston Bruins (3-1), Zuccarello in three games with the New York Rangers (3-0) and Cogliano in five games with the Anaheim Ducks (1-4).

"It's a Game 7," Zuccarello said Sunday. "We knew it was going to be a tight series. If you want to go far in the playoffs, you usually have to go through some Game 7s. So we come back to work tomorrow and be excited for our opportunity to play in a Game 7."

Stars goalie Ben Bishop went 2-0 in Game 7 with two shutouts for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 playoffs. He made 22 saves in a 2-0 win against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final and 31 saves in a 2-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round. 

St. Louis coach Craig Berube is 0-1 in Game 7, losing 2-1 with the Philadelphia Flyers against the Rangers in the 2014 first round. 

It will be the first Game 7 for Dallas coach Jim Montgomery, who is in his first season as an NHL coach. staff writer Tracey Myers contributed to this report


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